Our God gifted hearing aids, our ears, are a vital organ, without which life would be quite difficult to imagine. The ears and the parts within perform several vital functions which we might not even be aware of, the most obvious function of course being to help us hear and enjoy the sounds of nature. Another equally vital role played by the ears is to help maintain homeostasis. This means that the inner ear helps us maintain the body balance, without which we would not be able to even stand still or perform any action. Problems with the inner ear, such as an infection, could lead to spells of dizziness, vertigo, gaze instability and increased chances of falling. Apart from these, problems to the ear could lead to auditory problems, such as hearing loss, tinnitus or outer ear infection.
Even though the ears are such vital organs, we often either neglect their care or in the name of care often increase the chances of infection or injury.
Following are some basic care tips to maintain hygiene in and around the ears
Ear hygiene and care tips
One of the most common hygiene issues of the ear is the earwax that can accumulate to a great extent causing problems with hearing and other infections. Earwax can be cleared either by yourself at home or even by visiting a specialist doctor. Cleaning earwax at home encompasses a simple procedure which only requires ear syringes and cleaning solution. The solution is made of 3% hydrogen peroxide and warm water, which are both mixed and slowly poured dropwise into the ear using the syringe, upon tilting the head. If a crackling sound is heard then it means that the solution is doing its work. After waiting for a few minutes, turn the head to drain off the solution. Next squirt some lukewarm water via the syringe into the ear to rinse it and then drain it off and let the ear dry. This is one remedy to loosen and clear earwax.
It is advisable to visit the doctor or an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist when facing issues related to the ear, such as –
Another care tip for the ears is to avoid loud noise. The environment at home and at work should not be too noisy. While watching television or listening to the stereo, keep the volume levels low. Listening to music through gadgets, such as iPod or mp3 players with headphones or ear plugs, is generally not recommended as it is bad for the ears. The same applies to the sound system in a vehicle, which should be kept at low volumes in order to hear other vehicles, especially in emergencies.
Practicing safety as far as ears and hearing is concerned is highly recommended. While flying, equalize ear pressure by either yawning or swallowing or using earplugs during takeoff and landing. Similarly, while riding a bike wear helmets. Also, while swimming or scuba diving, cover ears adequately.
Taking care of ear health and hygiene and practicing safety measures will definitely protect ears and hearing.